MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon review – X99 in a new coat

There are a lot of rumors about the new X99 motherboards that will be launched to welcome the new Broadwell-E series of Intel CPUs. One of these new products is today on my table and I am going to present you its review. I am talking about MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon that brings some new and interesting features.

Not long ago I’ve written about MSI X99S SLI Krait that is also oriented to gamers, so it will be a nice comparison between them, but also with other motherboards.


The era of RGB bling-bling has started so we are going to see a lot of products featuring this characteristic. The first in line is the subject for today: MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon. Here are the specs.



MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon


Supports New Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition for LGA2011-3 Socket


- Intel X99


- 8x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB

- Supports DDR4 3466 MHz

- Quad channel memory architecture


- Realtek ALC1150 Codec

- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

- Supports S/PDIF output


- Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN


- 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, supports 3-way SLI/Crossfire

- 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

- 1x M.2 Key E Socket


Intel® X99 Chipset

• 10 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2 ports from SATAe port)

- SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10

- SATA7~10 only support IDE mode and AHCI mode

• 1 x M.2 slot (Key M)

- Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s

- Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices

• 1 x U.2 port

- Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage

Form Factor

- ATX Form Factor
- 12 x 9.6 inch (30.5 x 24.4 cm)


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